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Sometime called a C-section, a cesarean birth is a delivery that involves removing the baby from the uterus through an incision in the abdomen and the uterus.

Spinal anesthesia that numbs you from the chest to the toes is used, although some emergency c-sections require general anesthesia.

A cesarean birth may be necessary in the following circumstances:

  • Baby is in the breech position (positioned bottom first instead of head first)
  • Placenta previa (the placenta grows over the cervical opening). In this case women will not be allowed to labor and the surgery will be scheduled between 39 and 40 weeks of pregnancy
  • If the baby is in distress during labor